Edinson Cavani banned for three games by FA for offensive Instagram post

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been banned for three matches and has received a fine of £100,000 by the FA.

The punishment relates to a social media post sent by Cavani containing a Spanish phrase considered offensive in some contexts.

And the Uruguayan forward will also be required to undergo face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3.

A statement from United supported their player, and read: "Edinson wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anyone who was offended.

"Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.

"While it is clear context + intent key factors, note that the independent Regulatory Commission required to impose a min 3 game suspension.

"The Club trusts Commission will make it clear in written reasons that Edinson Cavani not a racist, nor any racist intent in relation to post."

Cavani sent a message after scoring for United in their 3-2 win over Southampton in November to a friend which read: "Gracias n***ito".

The term literally translates to "little black man" in Spanish, and can be used in an affectionate manner in Latin America.

Nevertheless, it can also be used in a derogatory manner, and Cavani subsequently deleted the post and apologised when it was pointed out that his words could have caused offence.

As a result of the suspension Cavani will miss United's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Friday, as well as the upcoming Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City and FA Cup third Round tie against Watford.

Cavani has impressed since joining the Red Devils on a free transfer in the summer, scoring three goals and creating two assists in his nine Premier League appearances so far.

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